FarmVille has taken over my life.

I wake up in the morning wondering when I have to plow my fields. I go to bed at night thinking about which crops to plant. I’m sending gifts, receiving gifts, trawling around my email accounts and Facebook contacts wondering who I can convince to join me as a neighbor.

I think I’ve lost my mind!Its not that I’m totally free of addictions. Sudoku, for instance. I became a fan only in the last year and I’m definitely addicted. There’s nothing more glorious than lying in bed in the early morning or late night with pen, paper and a challenging Sudoku game. If its late at night, and the light bothers your husband who is trying to sleep – well that’s a problem. But other than that MINOR point, its a very harmless addiction.

Then there’s food. I love it. I work with it – creating recipes, writing cookbooks – food is a very big part of my life. Definitely an addiction. And since I can’t live without food, I guess its an addiction I’m going to have the rest of my life.

But Farmville? Who needs this? How did this happen???

I was in Spain, at a food photo festival. I met a lovely woman and we became fast friends. She started to talk to me about FarmVille and she glowed as she spoke. It sounded like the perfect way to combine creativity, brains, friendly competition, camaraderie, and fun. Planting! Building! Buying! Shopping! Animals! Flowers! Trees! Wardrobe Changes! Facial feature changes! Who could resist?

So I entered the website, gingerly and cautiously. I tried to understand how its played – couldn’t. As far as I could see – they don’t really give you instructions. You’re just supposed to jump in. So I did. All was fine, plowed a little,Β  planted a little, harvested a little… and then it happened! I was awarded a Swiss manor! It was big and luxurious looking. How could I not accept it?

The thing is – its fun. You’re learning about different kind of sheep, and types of trees (when the cherries blossom on the the cherry trees its so gorgeous), and building types. Its a lesson in real estate and money management. Its everything combined into one colorful, delightfully drawn game.

But my life is at stake here.

As some people know, I’m trying to finish my first novel. Its been edited and re-edited – by the best out there. Its been set into InDesign and is waiting for formatting. Once that’s done, its off to the printer – and hopefully into waiting hands everywhere. But instead of tackling that job, I’m busy with chickens laying eggs and haunted houses needing nails. Do you see how insane this is?

I’m not the only one with this pesky pastime. Many people I know are addicted. You should see their farms! Huge! With mansions, and coops, and stone fountains, and tractors and combines, and seeders and harvesters, and fields and fields of crops and flowers. And by the way – I know what they’re doing when they’re supposed to be doing something else. Below the game, you can see what your friends are up to – when they’ve planted, what they’ve planted.

Professor – are you paying attention? I got those emails from you saying you’re going to skype me and we’ll talk about our new food blog.

But do you call? No!

Do you skype? No!

But do you FarmVille – YES!

Aha! I’m on to you!!!

Maybe I’ll do it cold turkey. Its hard – because there are crops that still need harvesting. Maybe I’ll wait till everything is harvested (then my cache of cash will be close to 50,000 – which is peanuts compared to some of my wealthy FarmVille neighbors). I can’t let the plantings die. (Although in real life you should see what a mess my garden is!).

All I know is that I’ve got to stop this. I’m an addict. I must withdraw. For the sake of my books. And my sanity.

Wish me luck.

4 Responses

  1. Well Anne, seems I got you! Collecting kibble not to lose your doggie, hehe!
    I’m addicted since almost 2 years now and I stopped farming for 3 weeks in summer this year. Yes, it is wasted time, definetely! My experience in these farmville-free-weeks was I had a lot, a lot a lot of time for other and really important things! Yes, it was a great time!
    But it sucked me in again and now I can’t leave nice neighbours who are in need of kibble or nails or wooden boards, I have responsability, somehow. πŸ™‚
    You finished your novel so everything is still allright, don’t worry! πŸ˜€

    Maybe I should do a cold turkey for at least some days? After sending many gifts to many neighbours, harvesting the crops and trees and animals and… OH MY!! Stop it!!!

    1. Well, I’ve just decided it’s okay to be a little busy with FarmVille. After all, its making me a real estate mogul! And I can grow stuff – which I don’t do in my “real” garden. And my little dog never poops in the backyard or leaves black hair all over my sofas. YEAH FOR FARMVILLE!

  2. Take it from me, Bobbin – it’s gotta be cold turkey! I got into Farmville last summer, got very hooked, cared a lot about caring for my animals and field and trees…and then I started grad school. And I didn’t have time for it. The more time that I didn’t spend on Farmville, the less I cared if my cows udders were overflowing and PETA was gonna stone me for my inhumane treatment of my farm animals. I realized – it’s a freaking game! Nothing is going to happen if I don’t play it! So, I’m happy to report, that I have been Farmville-free for 11 months. (I have gone in once or twice to collect my fruit and veggies and tend to the animals, but I haven’t gotten sucked in, and that’s what’s important.) You can do it!! There are non-Farmvillers out there who can support you in your efforts to put this addiction behind you! πŸ™‚
    Love ya!

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